On Wednesday we got our first look at the controversial Rolling Stone magazine cover that critics maintain glamorizes Boston Bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a “dreamy teen idol rock star”. In response to Rolling Stone‘s decision to portray the bombing suspect in this way, a Boston Police Sergeant has released photos that he took of Tsarnaev on the night he was arrested for the deadly bombing. Sergeant Sean Murphy, the man who took and released the photos, tells Boston magazine that these photos show “the real Boston Bomber” and have been released in an effort to refute the alleged contention by Rolling Stone that Tsarnaev is a “fluffed and buffed” magazine coverstar. Boston Police, tho, want it known that they did NOT authorize the release of the photos, they will not be releasing the photos officially and they have relieved Sergeant Murphy from duty for one day with a full internal investigation to follow. Clearly this Rolling Stone magazine cover has affected a lot of people in very emotional ways. Click below to see the photos and learn more about Sergeant Murphy‘s decision to release the photos.
A State Police sergeant, incensed by the controversial Rolling Stone magazine cover of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has released dramatic photographs of the apprehension of the accused terrorist to a local magazine without permission from his agency. The pictures, taken by Sergeant Sean Murphy, a State Police tactical photographer who was working during the massive manhunt on April 19 in Watertown, first appeared Thursday afternoon on the website of Boston Magazine. Bostonglobe.com, Boston.com and other news outlets posted them afterward. Murphy told the magazine that the photos, which show Tsarnaev bloodied and with a police sniper’s laser-projected bead on his head, display “the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.” The Rolling Stone cover, which critics say glamorized Tsarnaev, “was an insult to any person who has ever worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty,” Murphy said. A State Police spokesman said Thursday night that Murphy had been relieved of duty for one day and will be subject to an internal investigation. “His duty status will be determined at a hearing in the near future,” said spokesman David Procopio. Procopio confirmed that Murphy took the photos in his official capacity, but he distributed them without permission. “Today’s dissemination to Boston Magazine of photographs of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and police activity related to his capture was not authorized by the Massachusetts State Police,” Procopio said in a statement. “The department will not release the photographs to media outlets.” A spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, whose staff is prosecuting Tsarnaev, said State Police have indicated they will be “taking action” in response to the leak. “The release of these photos was completely unacceptable,” spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling said in a statement. Neither Procopio nor DiIorio-Sterling would say whether the photos have been entered as evidence in the pending case against Tsarnaev in federal court in Boston. He faces a slew of charges that could bring the death penalty for his alleged role in the bombings, which killed three, including a child from Dorchester, and wounded more than 260. Murphy could not be reached for comment Thursday, and Tsarnaev’s lawyers did not respond to inquiries.
Because the case against Tsarnaev is still taking shape the release of these photos could be problematic to his prosecution, tho, I don’t know if the impact would be of any consequence. I can understand why Sergeant Murphy angrily released the photos but, again, doing so in such an unprofessional way doesn’t really do much to help the overall case against Tsarnaev. In any event, it’s very clear that the Rolling Stone cover has garnered a lot of attention for the magazine which, I wholeheartedly believe, was the original intent by the mag. Whether he is painted as a “dreamy teen idol” or a bloodied and defeated criminal suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will have his day in court to face the very serious charges leveled against him. So, what do you think of these photos as opposed to the photo that Rolling Stone published? Does it change your mind one way or the other about the Boston Bombing suspect?